Eligibility and Application

Application Deadline

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:59 pm (Pacific Time)

An individual may apply to up to two projects (NEH Summer Seminars or Institutes). Late applications will not be considered.


Applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance status on Friday, March 27, 2020. Those accepted may only accept one NEH Summer Seminar or Institute offer.

Application Acceptance

Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer by Friday, April 3, 2020 by 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Application Instructions

We encourage potential participants to become familiar with the goals of the seminar by reading the information about the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants, the academic and institutional setting, duration of the seminar and specific provisions for lodging.

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

A selection committee comprised of both co-directors and a colleague in the field will evaluate all complete applications to select a diverse group of NEH-funded Summer scholars. Alternates will also be identified.

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest in the subject
  • Applicant’s goals in participating in the seminar
  • Relevant qualifications, skills or experiences that would contribute to the seminar

When choices must be made between equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Seminar or Institute.

At least three seminar spaces will be reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Two seminar spaces will be reserved for advanced graduate students. NEH Seminars are designed primarily for full-time or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students in the United States. Qualified independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations are also eligible. All applicants must demonstrate that their participation will advance the teaching and scholarly goals of the program. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least three years immediately preceding the applicating deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify as an NEH-funded Summer Scholar. Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar whose directors are a family member, is affiliated with the prospective applicant’s institution, or is someone with whom the prospective applicant has previously studied.

Expectations of Participants as NEH-funded Summer Scholars

  • Summer scholars are expected to make a full commitment to the meetings and activities of the Seminar for its entire duration.
  • Scholars are expected to be prepared for each meeting session having prepared the readings for the day as listed in the daily schedule.
  • Summer Scholars are expected to engage actively in substantive discussion of content at meetings with the Seminar Co-Directors and Visiting Faculty Scholars.
  • Scholars are expected to work individually on their research or teaching project during the duration of the Seminar.

Stipend, Tenure and Conditions of Award

Applicants selected to participate in this three-week project will receive $2,700. Stipends are intended to help defray the expenses of the seminar (travel to the site of the seminar, lodging, books, and ordinary living expenses). Stipends are taxable. Applicants should note that supplements cannot be given in cases where the stipend is insufficient to cover all expenses.

Seminar participants are required to attend all meetings and to engage fully as professionals. During the seminar’s tenure, they may not undertake teaching assignments or any other professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project. Participants who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a pro-rated portion of the stipend.

At the end of the seminar’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars will be asked to submit evaluations in which they review their work and assess its value to their personal and professional development.

Please complete both parts 1 and 2 of the application below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications sent to the NEH or via email will not be reviewed.

Part 1: Material Submissions

2-page CV

Click here to upload a 2-page CV.

*Word or PDF files only.


Click here to submit a statement of interest of approximately 850 words addressing the following:

  • Reasons for applying
  • Relevant experience or skills
  • Personal goals for the seminar (teaching or research)
  • What you hope to contribute to the seminar

*Word or PDF files only.

Part 2: Application Form